The Reading / Listening - Pressure Groups - Level 4

The animal rights group PETA has bought shares in the company Louis Vuitton (LV). PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants to pressure LV to stop selling goods made from exotic animal skins. There are rumours that PETA has bought just one share. This means PETA can go to shareholder meetings to question the LV board members. It wants its concerns about protecting animals to be heard and addressed.



The main reason PETA bought the shares is to highlight the treatment of crocodiles. PETA has information showing that crocodile farms in Vietnam which supply skins to Louis Vuitton are kept in tiny pits and sometimes cut while they are still alive. PETA said it wants to put pressure on LV "to stop selling exotic skins merchandise". An LV spokeswoman said: "We have no knowledge of ... any cruel method involving the suffering of the animal."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pressure Groups - Level 5 or  Pressure Groups - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38608231
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/peta-buys-louis-vuitton-fashion-moet-hennessey-shares-stocks-lvmh-crocodile-skin-products-exotic-a7525631.html
  • http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-wwd-peta-lvmh-share-20170113-story.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. animal
  2. PETA has bought shares
  3. pressure LV to stop selling goods
  4. exotic animal
  5. PETA has bought just one
  6. PETA can go to shareholder
  7. question the LV board
  8. concerns about
  1. share
  2. skins
  3. in the company
  4. protecting animals
  5. members
  6. rights group
  7. meetings
  8. stop selling goods

Paragraph 2

  1. The main reason PETA
  2. highlight the treatment
  3. crocodile
  4. kept in tiny
  5. it wants to put pressure
  6. stop selling exotic
  7. We have no knowledge of 
  8. the suffering of
  1. skins
  2. farms
  3. on LV
  4. of crocodiles
  5. any cruel method
  6. bought the shares
  7. the animal
  8. pits

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The animal rights group PETA has (1) ___________________ the company Louis Vuitton (LV). PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants (2) ___________________ LV to stop selling goods (3) ___________________ animal skins. There are rumours that PETA has bought (4) ___________________. This means PETA can go to shareholder (5) ___________________ the LV board members. It wants its concerns about protecting animals (6) ___________________ addressed.

The main reason PETA bought (7) ___________________ highlight the treatment of crocodiles. PETA has information (8) ___________________ crocodile farms in Vietnam which supply skins to Louis Vuitton are kept in tiny pits and sometimes (9) ___________________ are still alive. PETA said it wants (10) ___________________ on LV "to stop selling exotic skins merchandise". AN LV spokeswoman said: "(11) ___________________ knowledge of ... any cruel method (12) ___________________ suffering of the animal."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheanimalrightsgroupPETAhasboughtsharesinthecompanyLouisVui
tton(LV).PETA(PeoplefortheEthicalTreatmentofAnimals)wantstopre
ssureLVtostopsellinggoodsmadefromexoticanimalskins.Thereareru
moursthatPETAhasboughtjustoneshare.ThismeansPETAcangotosh
areholdermeetingstoquestiontheLVboardmembers.Itwantsitsconce
rnsaboutprotectinganimalstobeheardandaddressed.Themainreaso
nPETAboughtthesharesistohighlightthetreatmentofcrocodiles.PETA
hasinformationshowingthatcrocodilefarmsinVietnamwhichsupplysk
instoLouisVuittonarekeptintinypitsandsometimescutwhiletheyarest
illalive.PETAsaiditwantstoputpressureonLV"tostopsellingexoticskin
smerchandise".AnLVspokeswomansaid:"Wehavenoknowledgeof ... 
anycruelmethodinvolvingthesufferingoftheanimal."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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